Welcome to 365 Days of Motoring

An Everyday Journey Through Motoring History, Facts & Trivia

Belt up and enjoy this 365-day ride as you cruise past the most momentous motoring events in history. Packed with fascinating facts about races, motorists and the history of the mighty engine, this is a must-visit web site for any car enthusiast.

On This Day


Monday 21st April 1902

115 years ago

William K. Vanderbilt Jr., driving a Mercedes-Simplex at Ablis, France, made land speed record runs of 67.78 mph and 69.04 mph - although setting a new standard for gasoline-powered cars the runs were not officially recognized and failed to exceed Leon Serpolletís 8-day-old record of 75.06 mph in a steam-powered Serpollet.

William K. Vanderbilt at the wheel of his 40 hp Mercedes-Simplex. A helper starts the Mercedes with the starting crank.

William K. Vanderbilt at the wheel of his 40 hp Mercedes-Simplex. A helper starts the Mercedes with the starting crank.

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